CNS' Jeffrey Still Quick To Blame Biden -- And Give Trump A Pass -- For Deficit Spending Topic: CNSNews.com
We'vedocumented how CNSNews.com editor and supposed deficit hawk Terry Jeffrey had no interest in blaming Donald Trump or a Republican-controllwed Senate for growing deficits through 2020, but now that a Democrat holds the presidency, he's way too happy about highlighting deficits being added under their watch. He complained in a July 13 article:
The federal government set new records for taxing and spending through the first nine months of fiscal 2021 (October through June), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.
Federal taxes hit a record $3,056,078,000,000 while federal spending climbed to a record $5,294,027,000,000.
The resulting deficit of $2,237,949,000,000 was the second highest ever for the first nine months of the year, falling below the $2,892,260,760,000 deficit (in constant June 2021 dollars) that the federal government ran in the first nine months of fiscal 2020.
There was no metion of Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate that played a key role in racking up deficits from 2017 to 2020, or of the pandemic that has required such expenditures.But Jeffrey made sure to illustrate his article with a file photo of President Biden and Nancy Pelosi.
Jeffrey used his July 15 column to complain about how much money the federal government has been spending per capita over the past century, serving up snapshots of each decade. For the 2000 budget, Jeffrey was loath to credit Bill Clinton, who was president at the time, for a reduction in per capita spending, so he made sure to also that "Republicans controlled both houses of Congress." For his summary of spending in 2020, Jeffrey acknowledged Trump but refused to explicitly blame him, instead making the pandemic the villain -- and then, of course, explicitly blame Biden and Pelosi for additional deficit spending:
In 2020, when Donald Trump was president and the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the federal government, according to the OMB, spent $6,550,396,000,000 (or $6,837,699,370,000 in June 2021 dollars). That equaled $19,762.89 in unadjusted dollars and $20,629.70 in constant June 2021 dollars for each of the 331,449,281 in the United States, according to the Census Bureau.
It can be argued that the particularly large increase in per capita federal spending from 2010 to 2020 is a one-time anomaly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, in fiscal 2019, federal spending was $4,446,956,000,000 (or $4,705,658,450,000 in constant June 2021 dollars), which worked out to $14,336.05 for each of the 328,239,523 people the Census Bureau estimated were in the United States that year.
But the $14,336.05 in real per capita federal spending in fiscal 2019 is still more than 18 times larger than the $779.58 per capita spending of 1920.
The latest Congressional Budget Office analysis of the economic outlook estimated that, "if current laws governing taxes and spending remained unchanged," federal spending would hit $7,415,000,000,000 in fiscal 2030.
Given that the Census Bureau estimates the national population will be 355,101,000 in that year, per capita federal spending would then hit $20,881.38 — without COVID-19 or any new spending programs from President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Jeffrey's Aug. 11 article on the latest federal spending numbers followed July's pattern:
The federal government set a new record for the amount of taxes it collected through the first ten months of fiscal 2021 (October through July), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.
Total federal tax receipts were $3,318,078,000,000 for the period.
Federal spending in the first ten months of this fiscal year was the second highest it has ever been (in constant July 2021 dollars).
However, this year’s October-through-July spending of $5,858,078,000,000 was not only the second highest in the nation’s history, it was $1,892,368,690,000 higher—or 47.7 percent higher—than the then-record $3,965,709,310,000 (in constant July 2021 dollars) that the federal government spent in the first ten months of fiscal 2019, which was the last full fiscal year before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Again, as usual, no mention of Trump or Republicans, and Jeffrey as found a different file photo of Biden and Pelosi to illustrate it.
MRC Freaks Out When Axios Blows Up Its 'Big Tech' Victimization Narrative Topic: Media Research Center
As part of its promotion of Donald Trump's lawsuit against social media outlets for banning him, the Media Research Center also found time for a temper tantrum. When Axios blew up the MRC's narrative by pointing out in an article on Trump's lawsuit that "To date, Trump and other conservative critics have not presented any substantial evidence that either platform is biased against conservatives in its policies or implementation of them," MRC chief Brent Bozell had a meltdown, as described in a July 7 item by Alexander Hall:
Bozell raked Axios over the coals by describing its coverage as “[b]latant lies from the leftist media.”
Free Speech America also scorched Axios for denying Big Tech censorship by summarizing some of the most infamous examples:
Facebook and Twitter censored the Hunter Biden story and interfered in the 2020 election
Trump’s banned on 10 Big Tech sites.
Our http://CensorTrack.org database has already amassed more than 2,500 examples of censorship.
What Axios didn’t tell readers is that Facebook and Twitter don’t reveal how their algorithms work. So that restricts how conservatives can respond. But it is undeniable that both Facebook and Twitter did indeed censor the Hunter Biden story in the lead up to the 2020 election.
A post-election poll from the Media Research Center, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, also sheds light on how censorship impacted our nation. The poll showed that 36 percent of Biden voters were NOT aware of the evidence linking then-presidential candidate Joe Biden to potentially corrupt financial dealings with China through his son Hunter. Thirteen percent of these voters (or 4.6 percent of Biden’s total vote) said that had they known these facts, they would not have voted for the former Vice President.
The MRC won't tell you that the Hunter Biden laptop story still has yet to be authortatively substantiated, and it has been pushed by biased right-wing outlets like the MRC with a vested interest in personally destroying Hunter Biden and his father. Even Hall doesn't buy the veracity of the story, admitting that the laptop contained "purported emails" that "reportedly exposed the alleged corrupt dealings" of Hunter.
The MRC also won't tell you that the poll it paid for was done by Trump's own pollster -- raising questions about its honesty and accuracy -- or that its CensorTrack database is highly selective, choosing only instances of "censorship" that advance the MRC's victimhood narrative and is in no way a comprehensive examination that proves social media "censors" conservarive content solely and exclusively.
Hall also rehashed the MRC's bogus talking points: "Twitter alone censored Trump 625 times between May 31, 2018 and January 4, 2021 before he was kicked off of the platform. It has since refused to allow him back on the platform. Twitter did not censor Biden at all during the same period of time. Trump was banned from at least nine other platforms after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, during which the former President called for 'peace.'" The more accurate way to say it is that Trump violated Twitter's terms of service 625 times while Biden did not violate them at all, and it's an absolute lie for Hall to claim that Trump was kicked off social for calling for "peace" at the riot he helped instigate.
The ultimate evidence that the MRC knows its talking point is bogus is that it sent out an email in April bragging about how well its content does on Facebook. Would it be making such extentive use of Facebook -- and bragging about its reach there -- if the "censorship" narrative was at all true? Doubtful.
As with the rest of its promotion of Trump's lawsuit, this is all just partisan blathering not meant to be taken seriously outside the MRC's ideological bubble.
CNS Lets Texas AG's Dubious Claims About Voter Fraud Stand Uncorrected Topic: CNSNews.com
Craig Bannister wrote in a July 12 CNSNews.com article:
Despite Democrats’ claims that voter fraud isn’t a concern, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says that the over 500 voter fraud cases pending in his state is evidence that voter fraud is, indeed, a serious problem.
In order to counter the false narrative promoted by Democrats through the media, Republicans need to “keep talking about the truth, which is there is real voter fraud,” AG Paxton said Monday in an interview with Fox & Friends First Host Todd Piro.
“We have more voter fraud cases that we have ever had. That’s just a fact,” Paxton said, noting that his office has more than 500 voter fraud cases waiting to go to trial and over 300 investigations currently underway. The election-reform legislation that Democrats are blocking is crucial to ensuring that citizens have confidence that election results are accurate and true, Paxton said.
As it turns out -- but Bannister won't tell you -- Paxton's numbers on voter fraud aren't quite true. As an actual news outlet reported a month before Paxton told his spiel, the Texas Attorney General's office did report 534 cases of voter fraud kn which people were charged -- but they date back to 2004. By contrast, nearly 94 million votes were cast in Texas elections since 2004, making the 534 cases of voter fraud an infintesimal issue. While there were also 510 cases being investigated at the time of the report, only one involved the 2020 election.
Because Paxton's narrative meshes tightly with CNS' right-wing mission, Bannister has no incentive to fact-check Paxton to see if he's telling the truth. After all, he's being paid to be a stenographer, not a reporter.
Trump Buddy Ruddy Runs To Defense of Trump Organization Topic: Newsmax
We know Newsmax is doing what it can to stay in the good graces of Donald Trump, and CEO Christopher Ruddy's July 6 column, complaining about charges of corruption against officials in the Trump Organization, is a reminder that this comes straight from the top:
Many in the liberal press seemed to be gloating and gleeful. Trump is finally being held accountable, they say!
The establishment angst over the iconoclastic Trump has been palpable for some time, even before he took the oath of office in 2017.
Almost from Day One, liberal New York prosecutors have been determined to “get Trump.”
It is highly unusual – unprecedented, actually – for a former U.S. president or his business to be charged for alleged crimes before he became president, largely as a result of politically motivated investigations.
Any fair-minded person has to admit the investigations into Trump and his businesses are political.
For example, the state claimed the Trump Organization violated federal law, but the feds are not prosecuting. And James ran her successful 2018 campaign for attorney general on a single issue: “Get Trump.”
She claimed “that man in the White House ... can’t go a day without threatening our fundamental rights,” referring to Trump as an “illegitimate president.”
This from the leader of a website that had trouble admitting that Barack Obama was legitimately elected in 2008, pushed birther conspiracy theories, and published a columnist who called for a military coup to resolve the "Obama problem." We also don't recall anyone at Newsmax complaining about the repeated politically motivatedRepublican investigations into Benghazi, which Kevin McCarthy has admitted were designed to hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential chances. So Ruddy has little room to complain about Trump being targeted by allegedly politically motivated investigations.
Ruddy went on to offer a veiled threat of prosecution of Hunter Biden for the alleged crime of being Joe Biden's son if New York prosecutors don't lay off Trump:
This past week I was in New York and I spoke to two well-connected Democrats.
One told me New York prosecutors “just hate Trump so much” they are blind to the implications of what they are doing.
Another, a business leader, said that the biggest loser in the indictments was, in fact, President Joe Biden.
“The precedent has now been set, you can criminally prosecute a president and his associates,” the person said, pointing out the legal vulnerabilities of the president's son, Hunter Biden.
I personally do not believe Hunter Biden should be prosecuted as a result of his father becoming president.
But a number of pundits have said that the flimsy New York state prosecutions represent clear evidence that our nation has become a banana republic and that anyone will be fair game under the new standard, including Hunter, future presidents and their families.
Thanks, Chris, for admitting that right-wing attention on Hunter Biden is completely driven by politics, not the law. And does he really think Republicans will stop targeting Hunter no matter what happens to Trump?
WND Misses Jackie Mason And His Hateful Humor Topic: WorldNetDaily
When comedian Jackie Mason died last month, WorldNetDaily's Joe Kovacs served up the expected gushy obit, and he detailed the real reason WND is mourning Mason:
[WND editor Joseph] Farah also wondered why Mason was at one point in recent years accused of racism because he referred to Barack Obama as a "schwartza" – a Yiddish word for "black."
Mason, who wrote occasional columns for WND, was fearless in mocking the biggest names in politics and media.
During a radio interview with former WND Jerusalem Bureau Chief Aaron Klein, Mason targeted Hillary Clinton, slamming her as the "biggest faker in the whole history of politics. And how she became such a hot candidate for president makes as much sense to me as Al Capone becoming the biggest crime fighter in America."
Referring to her as "this yenta," Mason said Mrs. Clinton "made her whole life stealing money from everybody everywhere in the world. The fact alone that she is still a free person out of jail is unbelievable."
As we documented, Mason spent his final years being a hateful right-winger with a particular animus against Obama, spreading bile and lies about him -- Farah was hiding the fact that "schwarze" has a well-documented history as a derogatory and borderline racist insult. He spent a few years making cheap-looking videos of his rants for WND.
Farah, meanwhile, devoted his July 26 column to similarly mourning Mason:
I considered him the funniest man of my lifetime. A genius of comedy – that was Jackie Mason.
I had the privilege to be a guest on his radio program regularly on WABC.
We pretty much agreed on everything politically.
Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton. Oh, and his lovely wife, Jyll, a real sweetheart.
He also wrote a column for WND for many years. It was my honor to give him that – for which he graciously charged me a pittance.
My wife, Elizabeth, had a wonderful dinner with Jackie and Jyll. We eat clean because we are commanded to do so. Jackie got a kick out of that, and the fact that we believe the dietary laws are for everyone. It says so in the Bible – Old Testament and New Testament. That's because God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow.
Farah rehashed much of what was in Kovacs' article, then played dumb about Mason's insult of Obama: "Later, during the Obama years, Jackie was an early victim of Critical Race Theory when he was accused of racism for using the Yiddish word for black – "schwartza" – during a skit. Hypersensitivity. No sense of humor."
Like Mason didn't, Farah doesn't understand that humor ceases to be funny when it devolves into mindless hate.
MRC Continued To Root Against America, Non-Heterosexual Olympic Athletes Topic: Media Research Center
We've documented how the Media Research Center has spewed hate at athletes who aren't heterosexual and even rooted against America when those athletes performed in the Olympics. That continued throughout the rest of the Olympics.
On July 26, Jay Maxson cheered that Olympic viewership was relatively low, which he (or she) blamed on athletes not being heterosexual or right-wing:
Friday’s opening ceremonies for the Tokyo Olympics provided more painful truth for Big Sports. The U.S. television audience for the event was the lowest it’s been in the 21st century, further indicating how badly Americans are rejecting woke sports.
The Tokyo Olympics were delayed for a year because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. During those 12 months, social justice warriors in sports have only given fans fewer reasons to watch when the Games finally arrived this summer.
For many fans, they’d seen enough outrageous behavior to determine they wouldn’t tolerate any more of the same. Last Tuesday’s kneeling by the U.S. and other national soccer teams may have just reinforced fans’ decisions for tuning out of the opening ceremonies.
The MRC's hatred for athletes who don't adhere to right-wing politics extends to those from other countries. Abigail Streetman whined in a July 28 post:
The Olympic games will now be adding a category for ‘best virtue signaler’ after Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado decided to throw up a fist at the end of performance in support of the Marxist organization Black Lives Matter. The 18 year old athlete defied the International Olympic Committee’s guidelines in a selfish attempt to make the games political and divisive instead of a unifying event.
The Olympic games is supposed to be a ‘safe space’ free from “political, religious or racial propaganda” according to IOC Rule 50. The committee released these new guidelines as a result of the violence and destruction that has been caused by BLM groups and riots around the world.
Maxson returned to root against America again by lodging a similar complaint agianst an American athlete:
American shot putter Raven Saunders defied the International Olympic Committee Sunday by protesting on a victory podium in Tokyo. She claimed the Silver Medal, then broke the IOC’s Rule 50 banning victory stand protests. Saunders crossed her arms in an X symbol to protest oppression.
Radical left media like Deadspin implored the IOC to leave Saunders alone instead of punishing her. As of this morning, the organization that runs the Olympics had not taken any kind of action against her. It was looking into the highest level of protest yet seen in the Tokyo Games. Whether the protest will stand unchallenged, and whether the IOC is just a cowardly organization that doesn’t enforce its own rules, remains to be seen.
So the Olympics have come down an opportunity to speak up for the oppressed. Like the politically powerful LGBT juggernaut doesn’t have much of a voice? Come on, get real! And whose platform is it anyway? It belongs to the Olympics, not agenda-driven social justice warriors.
Nicholas Fondacaro served up whataboutism in his rooting against America in a Aug. 2 post:
On Monday, NBC Nightly News showed that they would take any opportunity to smear America on the world stage. As part of their so-called “Inspiring America” series, anchor Lester "fairness is overrated" Holt highlighted U.S. Olympic sprinter Noah Lyles as he suggested America didn’t want him as a black man and that the country was trying to kill him. Meanwhile, Holt ignored Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya who defected to Poland to escape the oppression of communism and protect her life.
Actually, Fondacaro is the one who's smearing America by trashing an athlete whose political views he doesn't agree with.
Following the Tokyo Summer Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) plans to revise “outdated” rules governing transgender athletes. During a roundtable discussion with reporters, the IOC invoked numerous references to science that indicate it has no clue on what sound science even looks like pertaining to gender.
Richard Budgett, the IOC’s medical and scientific director, said it’s important to remember that “transgender women are women. So you’ll include all women, if you possibly can.” Surely, he must have skipped biology classes.
So now, enabling a male’s gender confusion and reducing his endurance just so he can compete in female sports is supposed to be honoring and inclusive? In the upside down world of the IOC, our old, outdated determinants of gender need to be set aside. We should no longer look at Hubbard and see Gavin (his birth name) or his brawn. It’s the hidden things we cannot see, like testosterone and hemoglobin levels, that make a man a woman.
The IOC also stressed the need for more science. To which we will add its need for objective scientists.
On Aug. 6, Matt Philbin praised a member of the U.S. women's soccer team for not kneeling with the other players "to protest racism, or sexism, or whatever was Thursday’s gripe du jour," declaring that she "finished her games (and perhaps her career) standing, with dignity and humility. Bravo." He still found a way to root against America by complaining that "perennially pissed-off Megan Rapinoe" scored two goals in the team's bronze medal-winning performance and lamenting that this showed that "cosmic justice" didn't prevail.
Philbin concluded the MRC's Olympics coverage by once again rooting against America by joining Maxson in cheering the allegedly low ratings, which he baselessly blamed on "the politics": "All the talk in the weeks leading up to the games about whether the IOC would allow political protests and what kind drove away viewers -- just as NBA and NFL fans have been repulsed by the Black Lives Matter grandstanding. "
Meanwhile, Gabriel Hays dedicated a post to the only athletes the MRC deems American enough to be worth cheering for -- right-wing Christians:
Going by the media coverage, it may seem like the 2021 Tokyo Olympics is all about the Megan Rapinoes, trans weightlifters, and non-binary gymnasts. But if you dig a little deeper into the competition’s rosters and medal winners, you’ll find that there are many humble and gracious Christians who are giving glory to God with their victories.
Hays gushed over how these athletes thanked God for their victories, even though that's as much virtue-signaling as the ant-racist activism his MRC buddies are trashing other athletes for engaging in.
Despite the fact that it came from the June issue of its sparsely read Whistleblower magazine, WorldNetDaily didn't reprint managing editor David Kupelian's introductory essay from it until Aug. 16.
Much of it is a repetition of what was used to promote the issue more than a month ago -- which, as we noted, contains numerous articles that had been discredited before the issue was published. But he has added more conspiratorial claims this time around:
Then, just recently, most Americans finally learned that what Democrats, Big Tech, Big Media, Big Medicine and Big Fact-checkers had censored and mercilessly ridiculed for more than a year as a rightwing, racist, Trumpian conspiracy theory – namely, that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was actually created in a U.S.-funded level-4 biolab in Wuhan, China staffed with Chinese military personnel, and didn’t spontaneously jump species from a bat in a nearby “wet market” – turned out to be true.
Actually, there's no credible evidence that the virus was "created" in the Wuhan lab. Even U.S. intelligence officials still haven't been able to determine whether the virus accidentially escaped from the lab or naturally jumped from animal to human.Kupelian went on to fearmonger:
If that isn’t surreal enough, there’s the elite class’s maniacal obsession with forcing every living human being to be injected with an experimental messenger-RNA gene therapy, which they call a “vaccination,” despite an unprecedented lack of safety data and – as of this writing – more than 12,000 American deaths reported after receiving the mRNA jab. Also 1,381 miscarriages, 5,236 heart attacks, 4,044 cases of Bell's Palsy, 4,759 cases of anaphylaxis, 3,728 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis, 14,251 people permanently disabled, and over 200,000 trips to the hospital, urgent care of doctors' offices as a result. Other than that, as Biden has assured Americans regarding the COVID jabs: “The bottom line is this – I promise you: They are safe. They are safe. And even more importantly, they’re extremely effective.”
It gets more surreal by the day: Pregnant women, who normally are advised not to put anything even possibly pathogenic into their bodies during their first trimester – even to refrain from drinking wine or eating certain soft cheeses – are now being advised by the head of the CDC to inject a powerful, experimental, little-understood and potentially gene-altering drug into their bodies and that of their developing babies. And 2- and 3-year-olds are now forced to wear masks when it is established beyond doubt that they have essentially zero risk of either contracting or transmitting COVID, yet are damaged physically, mentally and emotionally by being forced to wear a mask all day long in school.
Kupelian is lying: the mRNA vaccines are not gene therapy. He's also lying by citing VAERS data to claim the vaccine has caused "more than 12,000 American deaths" or any of the other scary things he cites -- aswe've repeatedly reported, a report of an adverse effect to the federal VAERS database does not constitute absolute proof of a connection. The vaccine is safe for pregnant women, no matter how much Kupelian wants to spread fear over it. And he's clearly not bothered by the fact that the Delta variant has led to record numbers of children being hospitalized.
Kupelian continued to rant:
Instead of treating COVID-19 early, when it is by far the most manageable, the entire thrust of the elites’ COVID policy has been to quarantine/lockdown everybody and everything in the country – actually the whole world – a surefire recipe for economic and social disintegration of societies (making them ripe for “fundamental transformation,” aka “The Great Reset”) while waiting for a vaccine. Unfortunately, as most people now realize, the mRNA vaccines are extremely flawed – a reality that is becoming more and more painfully evident with every passing week. Yet, despite the huge numbers of reported adverse events and deaths following mRNA vaccination, authorities are still maniacally pushing for everyone to get the jab.
Fortunately, there is an entire underground of frontline medical doctors across the U.S. who are daily treating those infected with SARS-CoV-2 and also prescribing prophylaxis – medicines like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin as well as over-the-counter supplements, taken to prevent infection in the first place. Indeed, taking these meds and supplements is precisely how many frontline doctors who treat COVID-19 patients daily avoid becoming infected themselves.
The pushers of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin tend to be right-wingquacks who lack credibility and put their political agenda before medical reality.
Kupelian concluded with a dishonest plug for his magazine:
A recent issue of Whistleblower magazine, which I have edited monthly for over two decades, offers real hope, as well as practical, vital and life-saving information to Americans who have been forced to live in fear, isolation and hardship – and subject to nonstop disinformation – throughout the pandemic, and who are looking for some real light at the end of this long dark tunnel. I urge you to check it out.
Don't bother -- it's a dishonest, medically inaccurate mess.
Eric Mack cheerfully wrote in a July 24 Newsmax article:
Delivering a speech on election integrity in the battleground state of Arizona amid a forensic audit, former President Donald Trump told supporters Democrats cannot "win elections without cheating; there's no way."
"The preliminary numbers are a total disaster, and we're going to go over those numbers," Trump said Saturday night at the Turning Point Action conference in Phoenix, Arizona, which aired live on Newsmax.
"The facts are coming out. The truth is being uncovered and the crime of the century is being fully exposed."
Trump picked up his rebuke of the mail-in ballot boxes that were disproportionately used in Democrat strongholds throughout the country in the 2020 presidential election under the guise of COVID-19, and in many cases not approved by the state legislatures.
"How about those drop boxes," Trump said. "Where they were coming in? And Biden was getting 97% of the vote? No, I don't think so."
Trump outlined many of the audit allegations of examples of election fraud, or at least irregularities that require answers and information from Maricopa County, Arizona.
Note how Mack has written this in a way that made Trump's allegations vague so he doesn't have to fact-check them. Heeck, he won't even tell readers that Trump has a history of pushing false claims about the election, which ought to be standard reporting for any Trump claim.Mack didn't even acknowledge what most observers have in pointing out that the Republican-led Arizona ballot audit is a total mess.
By contrast, an actual news outlet did fact-check the election-related claims in Trump's speech and, unsurprisingly, found numerous false and misleading claims. But Mack's job here is not actual reporting, it's Trump stenography. He wrote another article on the speech in which Trump ranted about various other things -- again, with no fact-check in sight.
Meanwhile, Trump did an interview with Newsmax before his speech, which generated three more articles:
Again, no fact-check of anything, even though Trump referred to his never-proven claims of a "rigged election." Perhaps that's because Newsmax's real target here is not its readers but a certain one-man audience. Which would seem to explain a July 27 article by Bill Hoffmann touting its ratings for the Trump speech:
Newsmax’s live coverage of former President Donald Trump’s Phoenix rally Saturday was a solid ratings smash — beating every other major cable news network in America.
New Nielsen data shows that Newsmax was No. 1 in key coverage ratings, winning in all demos and easily walloping Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business Network and CNBC in the 7-9pm ET time slot.
According to media analytics giant Nielsen, Newsmax drew a total household coverage rating of 1.31, with Fox News taking a lackluster second place with just 1.02.
In terms of total viewers, Newsmax drew a coverage rating of .71, compared to Fox’s .49.
But the Nielsen data tells only half the story. Newsmax estimates that an additional million-plus viewers tuned in to watch Trump’s rally through OTT streaming devices and its smartphone app.
Unlike Fox, Newsmax is free on most major OTT platforms.
Interestingly, Nielsen’s figures for the Phoenix rally’s pre-show coverage from 5-7 pm ET, show Fox with a slight lead over Newsmax — 0.83 vs. 0.65. That indicates that once the actual rally began, audiences abandoned Fox and flocked to Newsmax.
Newsmax is still trying to present itself as the Trumpiest news channel, with some not-so-good consequences -- and even as overall ratings for Newsmax have tanked since peaking earlier this year.
Newsmax clearly does not want to admit that -- or that its insistence on treating Trump as a golden calf who can't be criticized or even fact-checked might be playing a role in its ratings dive.
CNSNews.com, which calls itself a "news" organziation, has had a penchant for old news lately. An anonymously written July 15 article, for example, felt the need to rehash a congressional speech from last October:
Rep. David Cicilline (D.-R.I.)--who was one of the managers in the first impeachment of President Donald Trump--took to the House floor on Oct. 2, 2020 to express his support for a congressional resolution condemning the conspiracy-mongering group QAnon and debunking, among other things, the notion that Trump was “fighting a secret war against a Satanic, child-molesting network of politicians.”
Why did CNS suddenly report on a nine-month-old speech? We don't know -- nether Cicilline nor QAnon were in the news at the time that we're aware of. And it's not like CNS had much to do with QAnon, usually only complaining when then-President Trump was asked about it or when a certain female Democratic congresswoman talked about it.
The other trip back in time actually had something of a purpose: to give CNS something resembling original content related to the Olympics. It was highly tailored, though, focused solely on the Catholicism of Olympic star swimmer Katie Ledecky. It first reposted a 2016 article by Mark Judge in which Ledecky talked about how she "prays before she races."
(You might remember Judge as the employee who quietly disappeared from the MRC after his name came up as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's prep-school buddy who wrote a memoir of those days that appeared to feature a thinly veiled and very drunk Kavanaugh. In its write-ups over the Kavanaugh controversy, the MRC never admitted that Judge was an MRC employee.)
This was followed by an anonymously written Aug. 2 article that rehashed a 2016 interview with Ledecky talking about "the beauty of Catholicism."
If CNS has to dig up old stories to present as "news," what good does it do as a "news" operation?
MRC Learns To Love The UFC Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center is slowly becoming fans of the brutal sport known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship -- if only because its fellow right-wingers are hanging out at its events and its officials are forward right-wing anti-media narratives.
Back in April, Veronica Hays praised how UFC president Dana White "doesn’t back down from any fights, especially not with the media," when he declared that "Most of these people are full of s--- and have no place writing or talking about anything." Hays went on to gush:
White’s hostility towards the media comes as no surprise. He has been targeted by ill intentioned new outlets on many occasions. White caught heat from New York Magazine because of his positive relationship with President Trump and especially during the initial Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020. White continued to schedule fights contrary to CDC recommendations and completely disregarded directions from federal and state governments, even amidst an onslaught of negative media attention. Clearly the man does what he wants.
White’s fearless confrontation with journalists is commendable, especially now that they have become more emboldened in their efforts to manipulate and misinform the public.
Donald Trump popped up at a UFC event in July, and systerious sports blogger Jay Maxson channeled right-wing sports guy Jason Whitlock in being upset that this didn't get played up in the media while having yet another episode of ESPN Derangement Syndrome:
ESPN’s television coverage of Saturday’s UFC fight between Connor McGregor and Dustin Poirier blacked out former President Donald Trump’s arrival to a rousing reception by fans. Jason Whitlock says it has everything to do with ESPN waging a “cold war” with traditional sports fans.
UFC fans are the people who don't look down on Trump as a pariah like Big Media and Big Tech do. They don't buy into the Jan. 6 "insurrection" narrative created by CNN, MSNBC and the Democrats. ESPN is a big part of the left-stream crowd, despite hollow denials that it is not a political organization.
Trump friend and UFC president Dana White is the antithesis of the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, whose commissioners “would run from Trump as if he were a pack of Wuhan bats,” Whitlock added. He’s more like former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, who marketed the league in support of traditional American values. Now, though, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell guides the league in a polar-opposite direction.
ESPN is one of many U.S. corporations bent on antagonizing the customers. Whitlock criticized the network’s “zero concern” for giving customers what they want. Everyone knows Barack Obama would have been highlighted to the hilt if he had attended UFC 264. Unlike Trump’s actual appearance there, Obama would have been interviewed by ESPN.
Two alphas met both inside and outside of the ring at Saturday’s UFC match.
UFC 264, Connor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier was the place to be Saturday night. The star-studded event drew massive attention on social media especially with President Trump making a grand entrance to the sold-out arena. Upon Trump’s arrival alongside UFC President Dana White, the crowd went wild and broke out in chants, “USA USA.” One viral moment captured on video shows actor-director Mel Gibson saluting the President in greeting as he walks by. The novelty of such an exchange was not lost on the public.
Shortly after, sour Twitter users who have too much time on their hands with too little senses of humor, dragged Gibson for having the audacity to show deference to a former President. Old accusations of antisemitism and racism were reprised to insult the Oscar-winner.
Weird how accusastions of bad behavior get dismissed by the MRC as "old" when they involve right-wingers. By contrast, the MRC is still attacking Dan Rather over his story on then-President George W. Bush in 2004 -- even older than the anti-Semitism and racism accusations against Gibson. No MRC employee who wants to keep his or her job will ever dismiss the Rather story as "old" and thus no longer worthy of attack.
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Last fall, we caught WorldNetDaily video maker Daniel Joseph apparently arguing that a coronavirus vaccine would be the mark of the beast (though, since we have better things to do with our lives, we didn't watch his entire 90-minute-long video to learn the answer, though the fact he was asking it seemed to indicate he would be answering in the affirmative). In a July 30 video, which WND headlined "The mRNA vaccines are out for our blood -- literally," Joseph was at it again. This time, we actually broke down and watched the thing.
Joseph began with insisting that "if you take this vaccine, you could be seriously doing harm to yourself," invoking the idea that the vaccines used aborted fetal cell lines, and even if they weren't, "they have other stuff scriptually which is forbidden, which we're not even supposed to put in this holy temple of God." He then played a video of aCanadian doctor, Charles Hoffe, claiming that the vaccines that utilize messenger RNA cause blood cots. But actual medical experts say this isn't true. This was followed by a video of another doctor, Jane Ruby, on the show of podcaster Stew Peters -- who was recently banned from Twitter apparently over his false COVID fearmongering -- who purported to show images of blood cells being damaged in people who have been given the vaccine, which led to her pushing the claim that the vaccines contain graphene oxide, which has been discredited.
Joseph absolutely swallows all this disinformation, declaring that Lucifer is "going to go after the blood, he's going to go after the life of the flesh. And this entire thing -- I kid you not, this entire thing is Luciferian, all across the board, every aspect of this is Luciferian. This thing is literally covered in lies." What came next was atorrent of various bogus conspiracies , including the lie that the VAERS adverse effect reporting system is definitive proof that the vaccine is killing people and fearmongering about health workers going door-to-door offering vaccines.
By contrast, Joseph doesn't particularly bothered about the 600,000-plus Americans who have died from COVID: "While I do care that people are dying, I will never stomach that," and "we will need to care wher people are going, whether heaven or hell. Our concern needs to be for that." He spike of peopple giving into fear and intimidation even though he is the one spreading it.
He then touted the Great Barrington Declartion, followed by a clip of serial COVID misinformer Peter McCullough promoting hydroxychloroquine as a COVID treatment and pushing conspiracy theories about why it hasn't been approved, as well as the discredited claim that mRNA vaccines generate spike proteins that cause blood clots.
Joseph's podcast is called "On the Corner Fringe," and that's exactly where he is vis-a-vis reality. Sadly, it's not a surprise that WND is giving such an egregious misinformer like Joseph a platform to spread his crazy, bogus conspriacy theories.
MRC Pushes Dishonest Narrative In Freaking Out Over Efforts To Curb COVID Misinformation Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center sure seems to love misinformation, as we've seen from its attempts to deliberately muddy the waters by trying to redefine the word into a subjective, politically charged word that is subject to partisan interpretation. -- otherwise, it wouldn't be fighting so hard against efforts to curb misinformation.
So when the Biden administration said it wanted to work with Facebook to crack down on disinformation abaout COVID vaccines, the MRC went into full freak-out mode. A July 15 post by Kayla Sargent screamed "CENSORED!" in its headline:
The Biden administration continued its rampage against what it deems to be "misinformation" about COVID-19. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that the administration is “flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation” to blatantly use Big Tech to censor Americans.
This was the second day in a row where Psaki admitted the administration is either considering or taking action against free speech. Today surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy declared he was “urging all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.” Murthy warned in a massive advisory that such “health misinformation is a serious threat to public health.”
Psaki followed that up with the fact that the Surgeon General’s Office is “flagging posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.” She said the administration has a four-point plan to restrict COVID-19 content it didn’t agree with.
She explained that, “there's also proposed changes that we have made to social media platforms, including Facebook, and those specifically are four key steps.” Those included publicly sharing the impact of “misinformation”; “a robust enforcement strategy”; “faster action against harmful posts”; and promoting “quality information sources.”
Note Sargent's dishonest framing. It's not the White House wanting to address clear, unambiguous misinformation, according to her -- it's "what it deems to be 'misinformation'" and "content it didn’t agree with." She refused to concede that the White House "didn’t agree with" that content because it's lies and misinformation.
Sargent also served as a stenographer for her boss: "Media Research Center founder and president L. Brent Bozell III warned how dangerous the Biden plan really was: 'Biden’s team is trying to collude with Facebook to censor the whole internet. If you’re not scared yet, you should be.'" What a dumb statement: Facebook can't "censor the whole internet," it can only address content on Facebook.
Neither Sargent nor Bozell explained why right-wingers must have the right to spread lies and misinformation without consequences.
Curtis Houck pushed the narrative the next day by complaining about the Biden administration's purported "collusion with Facebook and the rest of Big Tech to crack down on dissent (under the guise of fighting misinformation about coronavirus vaccines)." Houck offered no evidence that any sort of "dissent" was being considered, nor did he explain how lies and misinformation could be considered "dissent." A July 16 post by Autumn Johnson on the subject put "misinformation" in scare quotes.
When President Biden said misinformation on Facebook was "killing people," the MRC took offense, beause it hates Biden even more than social media. Tim Graham whined:
The president suggested Facebook’s a pile of killers, and on Friday night, the pro-Biden networks just blandly passed it along. Facebook had a statement denying they were killers, but there was zero political rebuttal or fact-checking.
Naturally, NBC was the most expansive. Reporter Gabe Gutierrez did note "Late today, Facebook fired back, saying it will not be distracted by accusations which aren't supported by the facts." The social-media sites offered statistics on how much COVID "misinformation" they removed -- which probably includes anything on the theory that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China.
Needless to say, Graham offered no evidence that was the case.
Sargent returned to come to further defense of Facebook against Biden arguing that Biden should have had Facebook's back because the company allegedly gave most of its politial donations to Democrats:
The Biden administration has appeared to turn its back on Facebook after the platform worked hard to censor the American people for the last year and a half.
Facebook VP of Integrity Guy Rosen whined about the Biden administration’s rampage over so-called misinformation about COVID-19 in a blog post. However, Facebook has very little room to complain, as the company and its subsidiaries donated nearly eight times more money to Democrats than Republicans in the 2020 election cycle.
But Sargent was misleading about the political donations. As she later noted, the donations she was citing came from not onbly the company but also "its employees and its affiliates," lumping individual employee donations with the company.
She also invoked a conspiracy theory by claiming that "a Facebook-funded organization may have helped swing the election in Arizona to then-candidate Joe Biden," linking back to a March post on the issue citing a report from the right-wing Foundation for Government Accountability. In fact, the foundation funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made money available to all election agencies, which was used for various purposes, and even the FGA report offered no substantive evidence the money was used for partisan purposes, let alone that alleged get-out-the-vote efforts "influenced voter turnout in favor of Democrats," let alone swung the state for Biden.
Sargent also huffed that "Rosen also took the opportunity to brag about the platform’s constant censorship," adding that "Facebook could, alternatively, have upheld freedom of speech on its platform, but it chose to censor content that it disagreed with instead."Again, she did not explain why she has equated lies and misinformation with "dissent."
Charlotte Hazard went fully down the rabbit hole in a July 19 post, weirdly blaming Biden for lower than expected COVID vaccination rates despite the fact that one of the groups with the most resistance to getting vaccinated is Republican men:
On Friday, desperate to deflect blame from his administration's failure to increase vaccination rates across the country, President Biden recklessly accused Facebook of “killing people” due to the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines on various social media platforms. On Monday, MSNBC's Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski rushed to agree with the President's attempted scapegoating.
Brzezinski immediately sided with Biden and claimed that Facebook was to blame for the country not meeting the administration's vaccination goal by the 4th of July. “You know what? Facebook is definitely a part of the reason the goal was not mixed,” said Brzezinski, who added: “And Facebook is a large reason why Trump's lies have festered across this country.”
Staying on the corporate narrative, Hazard falsely claimed that Brzezinski's endorsement of efforts to stop disinformation meant she actually said that "social media companies should censor speech they don’t like," further misleading that "It’s so great that the media is pro-censorship and is siding with the President that Facebook is 'killing people.'"
In a July 20 post, Sargent portrayed the White House's clarification on what exactly it's doing with Facebook as a "FLIP-FLOP" (her all-caps, not ours), making sure to use the biased "so-called 'misinformation' terminology. concluded by ranting: "The White House could encourage free speech online. Instead, it has continually changed its tune and endangered the free speech of Americans. Even if the administration has 'not asked Facebook to block any individual posts,' as Psaki claimed, the fact remains that the Biden administration has no qualms about censoring the speech of its citizens."
Of course, she failed to explain how lies and misinformation -- which typically lack legal defenses or First Amendment protection -- are "free speech."
CNS' Hot Pestering Intern Summer, Round 7 Topic: CNSNews.com
The next round of CNS' interns pestering members of Congress with gotcha questions designed to forward right-wing narratives focused on the infrastructure bill, asking them: "Will you read all 2,702 pages of the infrastructure bill before voting on it?" Some senators got this follow-up question: "And do you believe any of your colleagues will read all pages before voting?" But this approach may not have worked out for CNS narrative-wise as much as it would have liked.
The first victim was Republican Ted Cruz, who responded by ranting, "Nope, I’m going to vote no, and I don’t need to read 2,700 pages to know why I’m going to vote no."CNS may have thought that this showed Cruz as being opposed to more spending -- the intern framed it as Cruz having "expressed his concern over how the bills would affect the current and future state of the nation’s economy" -- but it instead showed him to be a kneejerk right-winger who has no interest in reaching common ground to help Americans and will oppose anything Democrats propose simply because Democrats proposed it.
As usual, there were numerous other senatorial targets, most of whom pointed out that they have staff members who read those bills:
The question is disingenuous because lengthy bills have always been a part of legislating on the federal level, members of Congress are busy enough that they can't possibly read every single piece of legislation that goes through Congress, and they have staffs to do the reading and related research that they don't have time to do. CNS knows all this -- but the narrative is more important than the truth, which is why the interns were sent out to badger senators with it.
Under a "Fight for Free Speech" headline, Kayla Sargent wrote on May 6:
An alleged “vaccine safety” organization has fought to have its case against Facebook censorship heard in court.
The Children’s Health Defense (CHD) appeared in court May 5 to fight a motion to dismiss its lawsuit against Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and several of the platform’s fact-checkers for censorship. San Francisco, California Senior District Judge Susan Illston heard arguments from Facebook and CHD as to whether the lawsuit should be dismissed. “A ruling is expected soon,” according to the release on PR Newswire.
CHD’s complaint centered around an alleged First Amendment violation. The organization argued: “This is a case about how an officer and an agency within the U.S. Government ‘privatized’ the First Amendment by teaming up with Facebook to censor speech which, under the Bill of Rights, the Government cannot censor.”
Sargent repeated CHD's claims that "Facebook’s fact-checking does not accurately describe the website’s content" -- then admitted it has made false claims, while also trying to tag the group as liberal because of its "leftist" founder:
CHD was established by its leftist president, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. The organization falsely claimed on its website that “vaccines can and do cause injuries including autism and many other adverse health outcomes.” It also claimed that 5G technology “poses health risks, encourages debris-generating satellite collisions, causes depletion of the ozone layer by the huge number of launches planned and is a major factor in the weaponization of space.”
But no mainstream liberals endorse Kennedy and CHD -- indeed, even Kennedy's relatives have renounced his anti-vaxxer activism. So it's wrong for Sargent to suggest he's a mainstream "leftist"when he has no consitituency there.
Why has Sargent embraced a group even she admits spreads falsehoods?Because she can exploit it for the MRC's narrative. She went on to laughably declare: "Facebook has the power to choose who can participate in debate in the public square." If Facebook were the only way to participate in the public square, she might have a point -- but there are myriad ways to participate in the public square without Facebook. And she's also forwarding the argument that Facebook, as a private company, has no right to have terms of service for its users, let alone be able to enforce them.
Sadly for Sargent, CHD's lawsuit failed. She lamented in a June 30 post:
In a second major legal win for Facebook this week, a federal judge dismissed another lawsuit that would have held Facebook accountable for censoring content it disagreed with.
California Senior District Judge Susan Illston dismissed the leftist Children’s Health Defense’s (CHD) lawsuit against Facebook. CHD had alleged that Facebook violated the First and Fifth Amendments by “labeling CHD’s content ‘False Information,’ and taking other steps to effectively to censor or block content from users,” according to the ruling.
Illston ruled that Facebook’s application of fact-check labels to CHD’s page did not violate the First Amendment because the government did not direct Facebook to do so. “CHD does not allege that Schiff (or anyone from the government) directed Facebook or Zuckerberg to take any specific action with regard to CHD or its Facebook page,” the ruling explained.
She copied-and-pasted the paragraph about Kennedy being "leftist" and CHD making false claims, which would seem to also undermine the lawsuit.
Apparently, Sargent believes that "free speech" means never having to be held accountable for falsehoods and misinformation -- a theory that can't be found anywhere in the First Amendment. But she's advanced her employer's narrative, even if she had to effectively endorse another extremist to do it.
CHD got even more narrative-advancing love in a July 23 post by Gabriela Pariseau:
YouTube applied its so-called “medical misinformation” policy more broadly than ever when the platform removed and then later restored content criticizing laws allowing 11-year-olds to be vaccinated without parental consent.
The platform removed an interview that Family Research Council President Tony Perkins had with liberal anti-vax group Children’s Health Defense (CHD) President Mary Holland.The two discussed a recent law bypassing parental consent for vaccines in Washington, D.C. FRC’s legislative affiliate FRC Action reported that YouTube flagged the video for allegedly spreading “‘medical misinformation.’” “‘[T]ech giants, like YouTube, are allowing social media to be weaponized by the Left to eliminate all counter views,’ Perkins said in a press release.
Holland told Perkins that CHD filed a lawsuit against the city for its Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2020. The law, Perkins summarized, allows 11-year-old children and older to receive federally recommended vaccines "without parental knowledge or consent if the health care provider believes the [minor] is capable of meeting the informed consent standard."
Again: CHD is not a "liberal" group. Its anti-vaxxer agenda happened to cross over with right-wing narratives claiming parents have total control over their children and that they must not be allowed to do anything without parental consent, even when those parents are potentially harming the child by denying them vaccines.
Pariseau omitted the fact that Perkins and Holland falsely fearmongered over COVID vaccines, with Holland falsely claiming they have caused 9,000 deaths and ranting that "your child could die" from the vaccine, neither of which Perkins pushed back against -- which would seem to be the actual reason the video may have been removed.
Holland also ranted against HPV vaccines and the alleged need for religious objections to getting one. If you'll recall, the MRC went anti-vaxxer on HPV vaccines because they would purportedly turn children promiscuous.